805 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)
Acquisitive rock 'n' roll collectors are known to fixate on unearthing recordings that have long existed only as rumors. For decades one of the most commonly sought of such treasures was an unedited recording of the Million Dollar Quartet. Spontaneously formed during a December 4, 1956, jam session at Memphis's Sun Studio, the illustrious quartet consisted of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley. The gathering of such remarkable talents has been the subject of endless fascination, even though the released material sounds mostly like friendly musicians goofing around in the studio. Avoiding signature hits in favor of ragged covers of country and gospel, the foursome produced a session that, for all its historic value, could never fulfill the fevered expectations of fans. Undeterred, the Tony Award-winning jukebox musical Million Dollar Quartet brazenly avoids reality for an unabashedly idealized recreation of the event. Straight out of rock mythology, the supergroup performs a perfectly tuned fantasy set list of such classics as "Folsom Prison Blues," "That's All Right," and "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On." While the show does hang from a skeletal narrative, any semblance of storyline is essentially just an excuse to present a dazzlingly realized tribute concert performed by an uncannily evocative cast. Marking the show's first U.S. tour, Million Dollar Quartet offers a seat at the greatest recording session ever imagined. (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Tue., March 27, 7:30 p.m.; Wed., March 28, 7:30 p.m.; Thu., March 29, 7:30 p.m.; Fri., March 30, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 31, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., April 1, 1 & 6:30 p.m., 2012